Carrie Russell Account of Racing in Key West

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Carrie Russell was at 2016 Key West Race Week racing on J/111 Wicked and here's her account of the experience:

Key West Race Week, hosted by Storm Trysail Club, took place January 17-22, 2016.  It was a wet and wild week of top class boats competing in four Divisions on the Coke bottle green waters of Key West. With weather conditions described by Commander Weather as "juicy and unstable," it was just that.  Predictions of 8-15 knots fell short; in reality 20+ knot breezes with close, steep chop seas were the norm for the week. Four courses of 130 boats participated.  Hailing ports sounded more like a fast paced trip around the globe than a ...

Gannon Troutman - "One Year Later"

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A feature on FBYC sailor Gannon Troutman and his Pied Piper Crew at Quantum Key West Race week:

Gannon Troutman was one of the biggest stories of Quantum Key West 2015. The 12-year-old skipper of the J/70 Pied Piper captured the imaginations of fellow competitors and spectators alike.  

A feature story about Troutman that appeared on the event website received thousands of views and the youngster became an instant folk hero. Making the story even more remarkable was the fact Troutman and the Pied Piper team finished fifth in a talent-laden 56-boat fleet. The youngest skipper in Key West Race Week history won a race and also had a second and third.  

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Gannon Troutman: KWRW Youngest Skipper (Ever)

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One Design Racing

Some of the world's greatest sailors are competing in J/70 class at Quantum Key West 2015. Most of them got beaten by a 12-year-old during Monday's second race of the series.

Gannon Troutman has gone from racing Optimist dinghies to skippering an entry in the largest class at one of the greatest regattas in North America. And the kid is doing pretty well, steering Pied Piper to a third place finish in the talent-laden, 54-boat class.

Troutman"I almost fell off the spectator boat!" Robin Troutman said of seeing her son's boat heading to the finish line with the lead pack. "I couldn't believe he was doing that well on the first day."

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SBR News You Can Use Nostalgia &emdash; 2013 Key West Race Week D 466Southern Bay J70 racers Blake and Lud Kimbrough crack Top 10 at KWRW.   Blake and Lud, sailing their brand new J70, Nostalgia, hull 99, in the 38 boat one-design fleet at Key West Race Week, finished 9th overall and 2nd in the sub-fleet re-scored among J70 Corinthian sailors.  As is often the case with new design classes, word is the fleet was loaded with “expert” talent.  KWRW had great wind for all the race days and the J70s got in 12 races over 5 days of racing.  Noel Clinard, also sailing out of FBYC and owner of the first J70 on the southern Bay, Loonatictu, finished 29th overall and 8th in the ...


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They are racing at Key West!  Sledd Shelhorse’s (HYC, Va Beach)  Farr 400, Meridian X,  is competing in the 9 boat High Performance Class and the two J70s from FBYC, Noel Clinard, Lunatictu, and Blake & Lud Kimbrough, Nostalgia, are racing against 37 more J70s.  Goggle Quantum Key West 2013 to follow the happenings day by day this week.

It IS [a] MIRAGE!  Christian Schaumloffel and his hearty crew, Tom Dwyer, Kevin McKee, and brothers Steve and Dave Taylor, finished 1st  IN CLASS (PHRF B) and 5th OVERALL in the 2013 Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race.  Quite an accomplishment considering the daunting weather – “rain squalls and swirly winds” followed by a storm ...


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Heading for Warmer Climes.  Key West Race Week heats up, opening on January 20th.  To date three (3) southern Bay boats, and one “beyond”, skippers and crew will be there.  Sledd Shelhorse’s Farr 400, Meridian X, will be racing in the High Performance Class.  And, two J70s will race one-design – Noel Clinard’s Loonatictu and Lud and Blake Kimbrough’s Nostalgia are among 39  J70s already signed up.  The Kimbroughs’ J70 will be fresh out of the box; KWRW is hull #99’s first taste of competition.  From “beyond” the southern Bay (Lexington, North Carolina), is well know Teamwork, Robin Team’s J122, sailing in the PHRF 1 class.


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